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Various things to do in Reykjavík this weekend

December in Reykjavík holds a very special time in the hearts of the people of the city. It is loaded with many traditional happenings which our guests can participate in. Here is a list of things to do this weekends and on going until Christmas most of it.

6, 13 & 20 December     Christmas program 2015 at Árbær Open Air Museum 

Immerse yourself in the sights, smells and sounds of a traditional Icelandic Christmas at Árbær Open Air Museum. The ever popular Christmas program at Árbær Open Air Museum has become a fixture of the Reykjavík Christmas calendar. Visitors, both young and old, will enjoy experiencing the Christmas preparations and the celebration of days gone by with activities including the preparation of traditional Icelandic Christmas food, and crafts, such as candle making.  Watch out for those playful Yule Lads (traditional Icelandic Santa Clauses) who may peep through the windows or play tricks on guests. Traditional Christmas sweets will be on offer in the general store, hot chocolate at the Museum Café and much more. Admission for adults over 18 is 1400 ISK. Free admission for children under the age of 18 and people over 70. Free entry for those with a Reykjavik City Card. 

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All December - Christmas in Laugardalur Valley

In December, the whole family can have fun together in Laugardalur Christmas Valley,  where Christmas lights and decorations set the mood for a festive Advent. Prepare for a day out, visiting the animals in Reykjavík Family Park and Zoo and ice-skating around a decorated Christmas tree at the Skautahöll skating-rink. It is open daily from 19 December until Christmas, from 13:00 – 19:00 and on 23 December, from 12:00 – 16:00. It is closed on the 24 and 25 of December. You might want to visit Ásmundarsafn Sculpture Museum, walk around the Botanic Garden, stop by Flóran Café for a cup of hot chocolate, or go for a nice swim in Laugardalslaug thermal-pool . Flóran Café has a Christmas buffet until Christmas, every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. More information here

From 5 December and all weekends until Christmas - Christmas Tree Forest at Hólmsheiði

You can pick out and chop down your own Christmas tree in the forest.

The Christmas tree forest is open every weekend in December, from 11:00 – 16:00.  The Yule Lads are known to hang out in these parts of the forest!

Hot cocoa will be served to those visiting the Christmas tree forest.

For each tree chopped, the Reykjavík forestry association plants 30 new trees.

Opening days for the Christmas tree forest: 5 - 6 December, 12 -13 December and 19 &-20 December, from 11:00 – 16:00. Check out their Facebook page or website for further information. 

Christmas Village in Hafnarfjörður

The Christmas Village has been evolving over the years and now the whole downtown area of Hafnarfjörður becomes one big Christmas Village during Advent. This year the area will span from the Hafnarfjörður Museum to the old fish factory’s ice house. Hafnarfjörður residents, local companies and town alliances of various kinds, will participate in making the expansion of the Christmas Village happen.

As usual, there will be a Christmas market at the Christmas houses on the Þórsplan plaza.

The market will be open from 12:00 – 17:00 on Saturdays and Sundays until Christmas, from 18:00 – 21:00 on Tuesday 22 December and Wednesday 23 December.

Winter Woods at the City Hall

The Winter Woods at the City Hall is open daily from 8am to 7pm during week days and from 12pm to 18 pm on weekends.  The theme of the Winter Woods this Christmas will be dedicated to women, who are celebrating, this year, the 100th anniversary of Icelandic women’s right to vote.  There will also be several Christmas events within the Winter Woods during Advent. 

Christmas Market at Elliðavatnsbær in Heiðmörk

The annual Crafts & Design Christmas market and the Christmas tree sale in Heiðmörk woods, located on the outskirts of Reykjavík, will be open every weekend from 28 November until Christmas, from 11:00 – 16.00. There will be readings and concerts at the cafeteria every day, with accordion players and choirs.  Each day at 14:00 a small bonfire will be lit outside and readings for children will take place. One of the Yule Lads might even stop by!

Christmas Creatures of Reykjavík at Hafnarhus in December

The Christmas Creatures of Reykjavík is a special project created for the City of Reykjavík. The idea is to promote Icelandic folklore and connect locals and visitors in Reykjavík through stories and conversations. All of the Christmas Creatures of Reykjavík City will be present at Reykjavík Art Museum, Hafnarhús, from 3 December. The main goal of the project is to create an inspiring Christmas experience in the city, for visitors and inhabitants alike.

An exciting game “Search for the Christmas Creatures” will start after their appearance. This game is ideal for families. To participate in the game, partakers need to collect the questioner for the game by going to the Reykjavík Art Museum at Hafnarhús, The City Hall or the Tourist Information Centre at Adalstraeti 2 in downtown.

The deadline of the game is 18 December and the questioner can be left at the same place they were picked up at. The result will be announced on 21 December and the winners will receive a grand prize. We recommend that you go check out all the creatures at the Reykjavik Art Museum in Hafnarhús and then look for them on house walls downtown.

Ice-skating at Ingólfstorg Square in December

Opening hours and details:

From 2 - 11 December, between 12:00 and 20:00.

From 12 - 22 December, between 12:00 and 22:00.

23 December, between 12:00 and 23:00.

There will be no entrance fee for admittance to the ice-skating rink.

Skates and helmets can be rented for 990 ISK.

Children's training aids can be rented for 990 ISK.

School groups and companies can book the ice rink.

For further information send an email to: skautar@nova.is or call 770-1020